If I have a BahnCard 100 / cancelled by DB ticket, which allows me to take any train, for a TGV trip entirely within Germany (e.g. Karlsruhe to Frankfurt), am I required to reserve a seat?

The DB app tells me no and the DB ticket machine is willing to sell me a ticket without a seat reservation, but the train departure board has the Reservation Required sign.

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    What makes you think that a Bahn card 100 gives you the right to use any train in Germany? Normally DB tickets aren’t valid on trains run by other operators. (E.g Flix Train, NightJet, Eurostar/Thalys, etc) Commented Mar 25 at 10:55
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    TGVs in Germany are operated by DB, so are DB trains. Commented Mar 25 at 12:54
  • @KristvanBesien in my experience TGV is typically used in English to refer to French high-speed trains only, so my first reaction to a question about TGV trips entirely in Germany is "there aren't any; you mean ICE."
    – phoog
    Commented Mar 26 at 21:10
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    @phoog: No no, it's perfectly possible to board a (French, SNCF-owned) TGV train e.g. in Stuttgart and get out e.g. in Karlsruhe. That would be a trip entirely in Germany using a French TGV. Commented Apr 1 at 21:46

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I got confirmation from DB: No seat reservation required.

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    The real question is: how did you manage to get any information from DB this fast?
    – ojdo
    Commented Mar 25 at 17:06
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    @ojdo good ol' Twitter.
    – tyteen4a03
    Commented Mar 25 at 22:18
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    @tyteen4a03 it might be good to add a link to the source in the answer then, as this may change in the future and that tweet might not stay reliable.
    – Didier L
    Commented Mar 26 at 10:49
  • also might be good to link a more permanent reference (think wayback machine but for twitter) together with the direct link.
    – bracco23
    Commented Mar 26 at 17:26
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    @DidierL I can't link to a Twitter DM.
    – tyteen4a03
    Commented Mar 29 at 12:07

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